Freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) just announced that her father has died from complications of COVID-19. Omar shared the news that Nur Omar Mohamed had succumbed to the disease in a Twitter post on Monday.
“No words can describe what he meant to me and all who knew him,” Omar wrote. “My family and I ask for your respect and privacy during this time.”
The post was accompanied by a photograph of her with Mohamed, but no other details.
Several lawmakers voiced their condolences and support for the Democratic congresswoman on Twitter.
Minnesota Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan (D) tweeted on Tuesday: “My deepest condolences to you on the loss of your father, @IlhanMN. The pain you’re feeling is familiar to me. My heart breaks for you, sister. I’m praying for you and your family.”
Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-TX) tweeted at Omar: “Ilhan, my sincerest condolences. Sending you much love and prayers for peace.”
Several high-profile members of Congress have also recently announced the loss of loved ones to coronavirus, including Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) who lost her sister to the virus in May, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who announced that her oldest brother had died of COVID-19 complications in April.